Avian Management, Biology and Conservation

Hosted by Oglebay Resort
Wheeling, WV
February 14 - 19, 2022

Avian Management, Biology and Conservation has been developed to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s avian managers. A major goal of the class is to teach critical thinking techniques that lead to informed decisions regarding all aspects of managing avian collections. Students will be given a variety of tools, methods and best practices to provide a foundation for understanding and meeting current challenges in avian management.

Course Objectives

After completion of the Avian Management, Biology and Conservation Course, students will:

  • Train potential avian managers how to create a successful program that addresses both the care standards for avian species and the development of conservation programs

  • Provide processes and techniques to manage bird collections on a broader scale than one species or taxa

  • Provide a common base of knowledge to the next generation of managers in an efficient way

  • Provide a mechanism to educate managers on avian welfare

  • Provide a wealth of knowledge and resources to small institutions who may not have the expertise required to effectively manage a diverse collection

Course Schedule

First Day
 - Student registration
 - Opening evening ceremony
 - Courses meet for individual opening session/class

Mid-Week
- Classes meet all-day

Last Day
- Classes meet
- Closing Ceremony

Attendance is required for course participants for the duration of the course until the evening of the last day. As a result, individuals generally depart the following day. Attendees will receive a detailed schedule for their course after their registration is confirmed.  

Instructors

Hannah Bailey, Conservation Program Manager - Hawai‘i Endangered Bird Conservation Program, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Joe Barkowski
, VP-Animal Conservation & Science, Tulsa Zoo
Sunny Nelson
, VP of Conservation and Science, Lincoln Park Zoo 
Scott Newland
, Deputy Director, Sedgwick County Zoo
Kathy Russell
, General Curator - Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
Anne Tieber
, Curator of Birds, St. Louis Zoo

Is This Course Right For You?

This course is targeted toward today’s and tomorrow’s avian managers. This may include zookeepers or other staff looking toward a future in managing collections as well as current managers at zoos, aquariums, nature centers, aviaries, wildlife agencies and related organizations who are interested in exploring new skills, techniques and methods to more successfully manage their roles. Facilities with a single broad taxonomic animal manager will also benefit from the techniques and processes provided in the course. Regardless of your current role or desire to manage collections, all participants will increase their knowledge and set goals for the future.

Topics (with an avian management focus) covered will include:

  • Collection Planning
  • Avian Care (Health & Nutrition)
  • Acquisition/Disposition
  • Welfare
  • Reproductive Management
  • Behavioral Management
  • Facilities
  • Conservation
  • Staffing/Leadership

 

Prerequisites

None. Priority will be given to AZA members. Those not affiliated with an AZA-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis;  please submit a letter describing your intended benefit from taking this course to azatraining@aza.org for consideration.

Travel & Accommodations

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is the closest airport. Airport Limousine Plus and First Class Limo provide a shuttle service between PIT and the hotel.

Course participants stay at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia and classes meet on-site. All lodging reservations are priced per person at a package rate. Your accommodations will include all: breakfast, lunches, dinners, and snacks throughout the entirety of your stay. 

General Package Pricing*:
Standard Rooms/Byrd Wing
~$830 per person quad occupancy (Shared Room)
~$890 per person triple occupancy (Shared Room)
~$1020 per person double occupancy (Shared Room)
~$1390 per person single occupancy

Deluxe Rooms/West Wing
~$860 per person quad occupancy (Shared Room)
~$930 per person triple occupancy (Shared Room)
~$1080 per person double occupancy (Shared Room)
~$1500 per person single occupancy

Premium Rooms/Lakeside Wing
~$890 per person quad occupancy (Shared Room)
~$970 per person triple occupancy (Shared Room)
~$1130 per person double occupancy (Shared Room)
~$1620 per person single occupancy

*Package pricing rates are all-inclusive and per person. Prices are subject to change 

Please wait until you are admitted into the course before making your reservations. You will receive an email containing detailed information regarding your accommodations and transportation once you are admitted.

Course Registration

The AZA registration fee below only covers tuition for the course. Other expenses include hotel, travel, and meals which are included at a package rate with lodging accommodations. For more information about costs and logistics for courses hosted by Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV, visit our Wheeling Courses Travel Information page. Registration prices are subject to change. 

Scholarship funding for courses is available through a competitive process. AZA scholarship applications are due by mid-July and are awarded by early September. 


AZA Accredited / Certified Institutions*
Early Bird Rate:
 Deadline 12 weeks prior to course start date
$950 with Individual AZA Membership 
$1150 without Individual AZA Membership

Regular RateDeadline 4 weeks prior to course start date
$1150 with Individual AZA Membership 
$1350 without Individual AZA Membership

Individual Membership must be Professional Affiliate or Professional Fellow to qualify. 


Non-AZA Institutions
Early Bird Rate:
 Deadline 12 weeks prior to course start date
$1150 with Professional Associate Membership

Regular RateDeadline 4 weeks prior to course start date
$1350 with Professional Associate Membership

Individual Membership Requirement
Staff from non-AZA accredited institutions must have an individual AZA membership to apply and register for an AZA course. 


For information regarding our registration and refund policies, please visit our Professional Development Course Policies page. Accepted forms of payment for registration are by credit card, check, or purchase order. 

To register with a credit card
You may now register and pay online with a credit card! Non-members can log in too, after creating a free account. After logging in, choose "Professional Development" from the menu on the left. Next, click on the title of the event for which you would like to register. Finally, choose "Event Registration" from the options at the top and complete the registration process. When registering online, there is no need to submit the registration form. You will receive an acceptance email or waitlist email once acceptance decisions are made. 

To register with a check or purchase order
Please email your request to register, specifying the course and the name of whom you would like to register, to the Professional Development Coordinator.
Checks sent for course payment will be cashed immediately upon receipt as per standard business practices. Cashing your check does not indicate that you have been accepted into a course. You will receive an acceptance email or a waitlist email once acceptance decisions are made. If you are not admitted into the course from the waitlist, a full refund will be promptly issued.  

*Prices are subject to change

For information regarding our code of conduct, registration, and refund policies, please visit our Professional Development Course Policies page.

Questions? For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Development Department.

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